Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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“But,” says the religionist, “you cannot explain everything; you cannot understand everything; and that which you cannot explain, that which you do not comprehend, is my God.”

We are explaining more every day. We are understanding more every day; consequently your God is growing smaller every day.

–Robert Green Ingersoll, “The Gods” (1872)

20 Comments

  1. who is this????? come on CHRIS get a life..dont post useless articles….1 more things…u r blogs getting boring day by day..

  2. Damn, Chris. I hope you haven’t quit your day job. Those ad revenues are gonna start dropping mighty quick if people find you boring. Not to mention the low self-esteem you’ll develop because you tried to ‘be yourself’ and post things that relate to you only to have it invalidated by because you’re not ‘interesting’.

    Silly blogger. Integrity is for kids!

  3. We get it. You’re an atheist. You think existence is essentially knowable and comprehensible through science. Those who believe in a Creator are failing to see how small their god is. They simply need to expand their quaint, dogmatic outlook.

    Can you see how this smugness would offend religiously sympathetic people?

  4. Can you see how this smugness would offend religiously sympathetic people?

    That cuts both ways, on both sides of the God coin.

  5. Give the Cynical-C a break, it’s a slow week maybe, I dunno.

    Really tho, does the realization that your god is indeed shrinking lead you people to again attack the messenger and not the message?

  6. Nuts to them! They don’t even have arguments.
    I sent the quote to my sister and she pointed out that what we don’t know is infinite, so this quote actually proves God.
    But, still: nuts to them!

  7. I think the article makes a good point and many of you are afraid to acknowledge this. Just face it, you believe in a god because you HOPE that there is one and you’re too afraid to accept the possibility and PROBABLITY that there isn’t one.
    However, in the end, I guess what it all comes down to… Believe what feels honest to you and makes you happy. Therefore, if believing in a god makes you happy, then do it; and vice versa.

  8. Ingersoll is wrong on this one. The more I read about how the Universe works and is put together, the bigger God gets…

  9. “[T]his quote actually proves God” ??? Quoi? No it doesn’t. “That which we don’t know” is not a definition of God, so the amount we don’t know is not a proof of God.

    Ingersoll’s core point is that increasing knowledge arguably (I was going to say certainly, but someone would be bound to argue the toss) diminishes the need for a God as a null hypothesis (which is what ‘how else do you explain X’ arguments are). If you want a just dig at Ingersoll here it’s that he’s setting up a straw man – theologians actually tend to shy away from that kind of argument from ignorance. (It’s common enough to hear it from the rank and file, but it’s not worth arguing theology with someone who relies on a God-of-the-gaps.)

  10. “I sent the quote to my sister and she pointed out that what we don’t know is infinite, so this quote actually proves God.”

    It proves that he is infinitly small, that is…

    taking that in mind… if God is so small, that it hasn’t got to do with all the things we cán explain, why worship him? Is an irrelevant God worshipworthy? Do you think an irrelevant God actually would exist?

    So stop you’ll Christians and stop making up false arguments to keep up your wishfull thinking…

  11. I am a Christian, and personally, I have been enjoying the Ingersoll quotes as much as everything else on this blog. Most Christians are their own worst enemy, especially intellectually. Honestly, a lot of atheists are the same as well. I enjoy the challenge Cynical-C presents on an almost daily basis to reevaluate what I believe and why. So far, I think I am still on pretty solid ground. Keep it up, despite the irrational Christians etc who say otherwise.

  12. Oooohhhhh, Super Mario, you got me.
    I’m not a Christian, I was just expressing the fact that my sister had a point.
    But, thanks for the blanket indictment – which made no sense.

  13. This is the silliest Ingersoll yet.

    Who is this “religionist” who worships the god of the unknown? That is most certainly I AM.

  14. This is the silliest Ingersoll yet.

    Who is this “religionist” who worships the god of the unknown? That is most certainly not I AM.

  15. So… the unknown is god?

    The quote says just this: Human scientifical knowledge is the only knowledge we can trust. We can only spect things react as their natural behavior. Giving any thing another uncommon behavior such as deaths arising from their graves is just a fantasy. If we don’t know exactly what something means we say it’s a spirit, ghouls… it’s God’s rule…

    Each time we read, we study… Each next step on human knowledge is a step on freedom. Fascist as the catholic church and all dictatorships on the world use the truth, hiding it, for their mind control: “it’s Gods word”.

    Gods and wiches go smaller each time a kid reads a book… other but the bible…

  16. A child plays with a tiny piece of clay, shapes it in his own image, then carelessly throws it into the deepest darkest corner of a closet. He moves away and never ever thinks of the object he created. It’s left to rot in the furthest reaches of an abandoned house which has fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair. The child grows up never to return. So there really is a kid out there, but what the hell does it matter. He ain’t comin’ back.

  17. A child plays with a tiny piece of clay, shapes it in his own image, then carelessly throws it into the deepest darkest corner of an unused closet. He moves away and never ever thinks of the object he created. It’s left to rot in the furthest reaches of an abandoned house which has fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair. The child grows up never to return. So, there really is a kid out there, but what the hell does it matter? He doesn’t give a damn, and he ain’t comin’ back.

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